A Letter from your Associate Priest


Dear friends


There’s definitely been more of a chill in the air as Zinnie and I have taken our morning walks. We’ve been lucky that it has been mainly dry, except for the grass, and we’ve certainly enjoyed these last days of warmth before autumn really sets in. We start out now just as the dawn is breaking and it is a lovely time to walk, quite quiet except for the traffic in the distance. The morning I was writing this was particularly atmospheric. There was a mist over Black Hill and down at shrub and tree level, even though it was quiet, there were definite signs of busy workers. Spiders! The intricate webs were amazing, not so nice if you walk into one though. I was taking a picture this morning of two quite close together, when Zinnie decided to try photo bombing and walked right through one of them! She looked lovely with it wrapped around her nose. It got me thinking of how resilient spiders have to be and reminded me of the rhyme Incy Wincy Spider:

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the waterspout.

Down came the rain and washed pour Incy out.

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again!

We used to sing it a lot with toddlers and preschool children, it has some lovely actions to go with it.

Anyway, that morning there were cobwebs everywhere we looked, the spiders had certainly been very busy.

It’s two years since we moved into Bere Regis and as I reflect on that time much of it, of course, has been dominated by COVID 19. I still feel I am getting to know this lovely community and then of course there are six other communities to get to know too. The rhythm of life is certainly changing now, as there are less restrictions and we all decide what we will or will not do and how we do it safely. I’m sure like me, you are meeting up with more people and fitting more than one thing into your day. We have all been ‘washed down the waterspout’ like Incy and are now having to slowly climb up again into the sunshine and we all need resilience to keep on climbing up. As I was reading Daily Prayer one day last week, some of the words in Psalm 31 really struck me and have been very helpful.

You have seen my affliction and known my soul in adversity.’ (From verse 7) ‘My trust is in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God’ ’ (verse 14) ; The psalm ends with ‘Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait in hope for the Lord.’ (verse 24). These words, written way before even Jesus was born, gave hope to a people who were asking for deliverance from their enemies. I believe that even now in the Twenty-first Century these words are still just as relevant today.

Continue to take care,

with blessings









From the registers




Bere Regis


3rd September

Phil Robbins


16th September

Jennifer Lake


22nd September

Mike Benjafield